Have you ever had the opportunity to see a rescue helicopter in action? The specialized crew searches for an open field, they quickly wisk away accident victims, and they land on the roof of the nearest trauma center. There, more trained professionals scurry to the rescue.
The process is a good one – unless you happen to be one of the hospital patients who happens to have a room directly beneath the helicopter landing pad. In that case, the process seems counterproductive, especially considering all of the studies that show how disruptive and counterproductive hospital noise can be.
According to news.com.au, the Royal Adelaide Hospital is participating in a test program run by CSIRO. They’re opening a new hospital in two years, and they want to make sure the “rock concert”-like sound from rescue helicopters doesn’t become too much of an issue.
They’ve literally been building walls, testing sound levels, knocking the walls down, and building them again. It’s a serious process designed to make sure the project can be expanded to larger areas of the hospital with success.
Soundproofing is serious business, especially when it comes to outrageously loud noises. We can’t wait to see how this project ultimately turns out.